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Local Blood Supplies Threatened by Seasonal Drop

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Summer is the season of high blood demand. They aren't calling it a shortage…at least not yet, but our blood reserve has seen better days. Summers are typically slow days at the blood bank. The hard time to get donors in the door this time of year is a seasonal thing. The drop off happens every summer. Kids are out of school. As Nicole Frosini at United Blood Services put it, “We lose a lot of high school donors who actually do a great job for us. And people go on vacation. They get busy with other stuff and they forget to come in and donate."

But demand for blood doesn't follow the same pattern. People are traveling, getting outside. She tells us, "That can lead to accidents which needs that we need more blood."

And even with all the medical advancements, there's still no replacement for blood and it can't be manufactured. It has to come as a gift from people...people like donor Jim Zimmerman. He told us, "I started donating in 2015, because I started thinking about that." Jim carries the reason he's here every 2 weeks…in his wallet. It’s his beloved wife, Jean. "She had a major surgery. She had an abdominal aorta." An aneurysm in the largest artery.

Jean died in 2014 at the age of 77. But thanks to donations from folks he doesn't know, she got 9 more years to be by his side. He told us, "It's kind of a payback for my wife, for all that she used." That's why he's donating every 2 weeks. Yet he doesn't consider himself a hero: "No. There are other heroes here."

That, might be Dylan Law. He has never needed blood himself. His inspiration to give came from a girlfriend in high school. As he told me, "Her father had leukemia, and I actually gave him a bone marrow transplant." Saving his life. And besides…what would he be doing otherwise? "Probably relaxing at home."

Outside, 2 bloodmobiles joined the push to beat the summertime slowdown. Inside one was Beverly Jean Ford. She doesn't know who her donation will help. She told us she came, "Because this summer we always have wrecks and stuff. I'm just hoping that somebody who needs it gets it."

United Blood Services tells us supplies of O-Negative blood are tight, with O-Positive blood close behind. You can schedule your donation online. Just click the link below:


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